It's just after 10 P.M. The house is quiet, and it's the end of a long, but enjoyable day. Ahhhhh.
This is the time of night I reserve just for me. I catch up on my to-do list, watch a TV episode (or four, like I did last night), or use this time to get creative in the kitchen. It's all part of the unwinding process as I prepare for bed—ambitiously aiming for a solid 8 hours of sleep.
....And bedtime goes.
Before you know it, it's approaching 2 A.M. and I've sealed my fate: I'm going to be a miserable, under slept zombie the following morning.
Most adults need between seven and eight hours of sleep each night. But not all of us are getting that. In fact, according to a Parents sleep survey, only two thirds of the 13,000 women surveyed clocked at least six hours a night.
When you're tired, your judgement, mood, and ability to learn and retain information is affected, so prioritizing sleep is a must to boost your overall happiness. Just yesterday, I spoke with Gretchen Rubin, the bestselling author of The Happiness Project, and she said: If you do just one thing for yoruself, get more sleep. To turn this fantasy into a reality, Rubin suggests being just as rigorous about your own bedtime as you are about your child's. Pick a target bedtime that's about 8 hours earlier than the time you need to be up in the morning, and set an alarm on your phone to go off at this time every night that will cue you for bed.
With time, this little trick should help get a longer night's rest and help you develop healthier sleep habits overall—even if you still stay up all night watching marathons of New Girl on occasion instead of going to sleep as planned.
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